A riding trek in the dark Arctic night is an experience in itself, but it could become absolutely magical and a memory for life if the Northern Lights put in an appearance. With Sami guides who describe the Sami constellations and the history of the region, the group rides on Icelandic horses through the winter darkness, ending the tour with dinner in a tipi.
Naturally, the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed. But the tour itself – riding through the winter darkness, with only the rhythmic stomping of hooves disturbing the silence, seeing the moonlight reflecting on the glistening snow, and discussing the various constellations of the Arctic night, including the Sami interpretation – is an experience in itself. However, there is always the knowledge that, at any moment, the sky could suddenly be lit up by the magical, mysterious and silent glow of the Northern Lights. Such an evening, on horseback with the magnificent Northern Lights above and glistening snow below, is one to remember… for a long, long time.
The Northern Lights on horseback tour starts when guests are collected in Kiruna. For an extra charge, participants can also be collected from Jukkasjärvi and the Ice Hotel. On arrival at the farm, the horses are prepared and guests can look more closely at the farm and perhaps see the goats, reindeer, farm dog and farmhouse cat. For many people, it is a new experience to ride at night, with total reliance on the horse’s excellent night vision. The silence is absolute and broken only by the sounds of the horses’ hooves and their snorting. From time to time, the group stops and the Sami guides not only talk about the Sami view of the Arctic sky but also show where elks are found in winter.
After a trek of around an hour, the group returns to the farm and a delicious dinner made from local specialities in the tipi. The meal is rounded off with conversation, coffee and biscuits around the welcoming fire.